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Stinging rose moth (larva)

Parasa indetermina


The full-grown caterpillar is 3/4 to 7/8 inch long; basic color is yellow. The body bears pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and clumps of smaller spines which are characteristic of several of the slug caterpillars. A useful identifying characteristic is the broad purplish band down the midline of the back. Within the band are narrow whitish longitudinal lines, which may be interrupted by constrictions in the band. Reddish, white, and purple lines occur along the sides. (information from BugGuide)


Deciduous forest. (this specimen was found on a species of oak)


Hosts of the stinging rose moth caterpillar include apple, cottonwood, dogwood, hickory, oak, redbud, sycamore and rose bushes.

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30 Comments (1–25)

rams4d 7 years ago

Excellent, congrats !!!

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 8 years ago

Fantastic species :)

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Looks like a ribbon candy!

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and to PN for the SOTD designation. I was really surprised to find this caterpillar and its beauty was definitely not lost on me. :-)

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome spotting Aaron! Congratulations!

Congratulations Aaron on this SOTD!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congratulations on a stellar spotting! This moth is amazing! Could you add it to my mission, Moths of the World? Thanks very much!

Felicitaciones en el SOTD

Congratulations Aaron on this Beautiful Spot and SoTD !

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Congratulations Aaron. Beautiful SOTD

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 9 years ago

Congratulations, nice spotting!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Awesome Aaron! Congratulations! It is a very cool caterpillar. If it is just in the south, please mail me one. LOL

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


Atul 9 years ago

Congrats Pal :)

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD and spotting #600 friend! Way to go!!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Congrats Aaron!

ja.emmans 9 years ago

Love the coloursjob

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Aaron !

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Congratz Aaron :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Aaron !!!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Aaron!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations for the SOTD, Aaron, it surely was well deserved.

Hema 9 years ago


Yasser 9 years ago

Congrats Aaron! This gorgeous caterpillar has earned you Spotting of the Day honors! Thanks for all of your awesome contributions. From spotting awesome species like this one, to helping properly categorizes existing spottings, we really appreciate it.

"The body of the Stinging rose moth caterpillar bears pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and clumps of smaller spines which are characteristic of several of the slug caterpillars."


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Mena, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 11, 2012
Submitted on Oct 13, 2012

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